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'He's the hooker version of his dad - tough, high speed, intense'

By Kim Ekin
(Photo by Inpho Photography)

Andre-Hugo Venter is being tipped for great things at the DHL Stormers after playing 13 games off the bench in their title-winning 2021/22 United Rugby Championship campaign. The son of legendary Springbok hardman Andre Venter, the recently-turned 21-year-old was a try-scorer in the final win over the Bulls in June.

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The Test-playing Andre Venter checked in at 1.96m and 103kgs, playing the majority of his 66 South Africa matches as a blindside flank. Meanwhile, Andre-Hugo is 1.87m and 106kgs, a slugger in the front row who is making good on the family name in terms of his work ethic.

With a title medal now in his pocket following a string of impressive bench cameos, he is now looking to establish himself as a regular in the Stormers team after the awarding of a contract extension.

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“You can’t really see his dad ever playing hooker,” said coach John Dobson when handing Venter his Stormers debut last season. “But he is the hooker version of his dad – tough, high speed, high aggression, intense work rate, very competitive.”

Venter attended the rugby academy that is Grey College where he played alongside Jan-Hendrik Wessels and George Cronje. After school, he enjoyed a debut Varsity Cup season in 2021, scoring four tries in one game against the University of the Western Cape.

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A call-up and professional debut for the Stormers soon followed, Venter coming off the bench against the Vodacom Bulls in the Rainbow Cup match in 2021. While lauded for his ferocious ball-carrying, he boasted a 94 per cent tackle success rate in the URC last season.

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